The experience of Covid illustrates Engels’ point. It has vividly demonstrated the role of the family as an economic unit, to provide, unremunerated, unrecognised and with significant personal loss, services that should be socially provided. It is an impossible demand.
By Jane West
This coming weekend the Women’s Assembly Against Austerity will gather in London to discuss the impact of austerity specifically on women. The event is organised under the auspices of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity and speakers will include representative from various unions as well as the TUC, women campaigners and activists, researchers and experts. It will be an unmissable opportunity for women in the movement to get together to get the facts and co-ordinate the fight-back. You can register here.
By Annabel Kerr
Since the impact of austerity measures first started to bite in 2010 we have been aware that it will be those who are already worse off who will be most hit by the cuts and job losses.
By Lisa-Jane Green
A reactionary campaign against abortion rights has recently been whipped up by senior Tories. Backbencher Nadine Dorries MP secured a debate on reducing the abortion time limit from 24 to 22 weeks, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt re-stated his support for a reduction in the abortion time limit to 12 weeks (in an interview with The Times [paywall]) and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller stated her support for a cut to the 20 week mark.
First published: March 1997
In addition to electing an historic number – 101 – of women MPs, Labour succeeded in closing the gender gap in voting in this general election. In 1992 exit polls showed that only 35 per cent of women voted Labour. This compared with 37 per cent of men.
The increased number of women MPs still leaves the Parliamentary Labour Party made up of only 24 per cent women members and the House of Commons as a whole with 18 per cent of MPs being women, lower than parliaments in Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland, Denmark and Sweden. At least 33 of the new women MPs elected were originally selected through an all-women shortlist. However, following the failure to appeal the Leeds Industrial Tribunal ruling, this policy was dropped and has not been replaced with any other mechanism.